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Alba Osteria

Alba Osteria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.albaosteriadc.com
  • Phone: (202) 733-4454
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday
    11 AM – 12 PM

    11 AM – 1 AM

    10:30 AM – 1 AM

    10:30 AM – 12 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Donna
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Chef Bar - Chef's Tasting Table

    Six Courses
    Six Pairings
    By Chef Amy Brandwein

    Thursday Night - 7:30 PM
    Reservations: 202-733-4454

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Alba Osteria
Guests can anticipate cuisine from Chef Roberto Donna’s home region of Piemonte, Italy with a focus on the town of Alba. Guests can anticipate an expansive salumi and formaggi counter, plus a selection of antipasti, house-made pastas (available in small and large portions), and Neapolitan pizzas. A variety of daily specials displayed in “Italian sized” portions will also be available for sharing in the traditional Piemontese fashion.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We went for brunch. 3 hostesses with no coordination or plan, after 15 minutes had to ask for server, we end up with 2 servers getting in each others' way (mix ups, no silverware/water). Wrong orders brought out twice. Slow drink delivery. Slow drink refills. Slow delivery of check after asking. They mean well, but it's pure chaos. Who is in charge? Decent pizza, but we won't be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Dinner for the family while on vacation in DC, i always use OT, reviews were spot on."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It was a date night and we were eager to try out a new place near home. I asked to be seated outside and found it to be narrow to access. The menu was hard to understand: Lots of items and categories in Italian without clarification in English, so it was hard to decide what would fit our tastes. We wanted bruschetta and were surprised it didn't appear on the menu. We asked if they had it and the waiter said, "Oh. No. But that would be a good idea." What. We were unwittingly given a brunch menu so the items we ordered weren't available, forcing us to choose others we were less interested in. We ordered a pizza and it was bland and greasy. We saw the waiter very infrequently. We very much don't recommend. It took a long time to get our check."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was non traditional and full of flavor. The bottomless brunch was such an experience and a lovely way to eat with the family. Ben provided excellent service and made the 30th Birthday celebration a very special event."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Fantastic small plates, fun presentations, fabulous service. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "There are a lot of "bottom-less" brunches to chose from in DC. This is certainly in that top group. Mango Juice with champagne, excellent Bloody Marys, etc. You can switch back-and-forth between 3-4 choices of drinks. The food is creative. A little pasta with eggs, ham and French fries ... not low-fat, but different...and good. Being true to its Italian food theme, there are a couple of pizzas on the menu. All you can drink and all you can eat. $29.95"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The cheese and bread that they put on the table was delicious! We did some cheese and meats, which were also delicious but it went downhill from there. We ordered 2 appetizers - 1 was delicious and the other left something to be desired. Most of us ordered two 1/2 size pastas each. They were far too salty. You could tell that everything would have been good if it weren't for excessive salt that was on most of our pastas. I actually couldn't eat all of one of mine because it was just too salty! Even someone at the table said that she usually over salts things and her pasta was too salty for her. Service on food and drinks was very slow and the food didn't come out at the same time. It seemed clear that one dish had been forgotten."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Went here with a large group of 10, great service. The food was good, but not my favorite. I'm not a big egg person and everything but two items on the brunch menu contain egg."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "About half our group selected the bottomless brunch option and this was definitely the best option. All of the dishes were well-prepared but nothing was outstanding. The oatmeal was actually dry. Our server was great and was assigned multiple large groups at once. The Bloody Mary's were 7 on a scale of 1-10 but we drink them weekly. Mimosas were an 8. Best dishes: the Nonna's Eggs and Meatballs (which they let you customize, Montecristo, & Frittata. Romaine salad had a nice touch. The poached eggs were a little too soft for our diner's taste. We loved everything about the ambiance and the location. Parking was easy the drivers. Crowd was a nice mix of hipsters, young family & groups. Great bar and selection. Will be back to dine and drink."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It pains me to say it, because this neighborhood joint started to be our regular haunt: the service is abysmal. A contender for worst in the city. The ONLY time we've had it great is when Ben is working. All others have been mediocre at best. It's a true shame, as the food is excellent. After 7 or 8 tries, we're ready to call it quits. Every time we go, the seating is more and more unfilled. Now we know why. To Ben: do yourself a favor and head somewhere else. Any other restaurant would be glad to have you."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "service was well below par. server forgot one guy's drink, it showed up 5 minutes after everyone else's. after taking all dinner orders, server returned three minutes later because she'd forgotten them and asked all to repeat so she could write them down. the main courses arrived while salads/appetizers were still being eaten. asked for parmesan and olive oil, both arrived, but after such long waits that the food was cold, which further accentuating how flavorless the pizza was. scanned beer list, which seemed decent, for an after-dinner drink, but neither of the first two requests were available and the bartender informed us that the menu was never updated. to be fair, my companions enjoyed their food - pastas, salads. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I like this place. It's a few blocks off Massachusetts Ave., N.W. amid condos. That makes it quiet and relaxed. It wasn't too crowded and the weather was nice so we ate outside. The food is good, different. They have a sampler that includes several kinds of food. The pasta on the sampler was great. Salads are too. Just low-key, really nice and the service was excellent. Nice waiter, attentive without being distracting. I'll go there again. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The team there is fantastic! Dru and Kendra are amazing!!! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This is a great neighborhood spot for happy hour--the pizzas are terrific. Mealtimes are not so great, at least not yet. The full menu is certainly adventurous, but they might be better off hitting some more traditional Italian dishes and doing it well. And the service has not been very good since the restaurant opened almost six months ago. For instance, the person who brought us our food just dropped it off and said she didn't know which dish was which because she was new. It's a nice restaurant and is a great addition to the neighborhood, but they still seem like they're working out kinks."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Went with two girlfriends for an early Saturday afternoon "brunch", but was unable to sit outside without having previously requested outdoor dining on OpenTable or making reservations directly through the restaurant. Hostess said the patio seating was booked solid for 2 hours. Both the food and service was good, and I plan to return someday soon for their all-you-can-eat AND -drink weekend brunch. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "However, the beverage 'list' left a lot to be desired, starting with no Italian beer available, to the only Prosecco (by the glass) was a bar 'draft pour' and was flat, and rose...very odd. We did however, finally have a wonderful Ruero - that was delicious. Just a bizarre stance on a Friday of a long weekend... "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "As expected, great food and service from our favorite server."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We were there on a Monday evening, restaurant was not too full. The Piemonte cuisine was marvelous, all very fresh. Servers were attentive, but not hovering, very knowledgeable of the menu and the wines. Great selection of wine by the glass."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant so much! Great Food and Bottomless Mimosas and Belinis! Great Staff! Not overcrowded yet!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to Alba for brunch. The outdoor seating was great, but the food was not great and the service was terrible. We waited for 25 minutes for our drinks, and our food eventually came out before our drinks. Three of us almost finished eating by the time the fourth person's entree came out. And two of the other entrees were incomplete. The "rosemary potatoes" were actually soggy french fries, and the $8 boody mary was watery and served in a tiny water glass. I have to say that the pizza was delicious, so maybe dinner would be better than brunch. But we will not be going back for brunch."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The bottomless brunch was fantastic. The servers and the host were pleasant, knowledgeable, and considerate. You want bottomless drinks? They'll just bring around a pitcher of mimosa and refill. The food was fantastic. Interesting creations that made for delicious dishes. They even gave my mom a tulip for her special day."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I tried Alba Osteria for the first time for bottomless brunch with a friend. It took 15 minutes for us to get a server--I eventually flagged down someone and that got the process started (the place wasn't crowded!). On to the food: horrible. I ordered a waffle and that was the ONLY thing I could finish. My friend had a specialty salad a la carte and received iceberg lettuce and cold fries (advertised as "potatoes"). I have no other way to describe Alba Osteria other than a perfect place for Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares": nothing was fresh (tasteless and overdone, likely frozen)...things came in cold...the food just did not taste great. To the credit, the server did try to help by getting a manager but nothing could save a bad meal."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It was a beautiful evening - perfect for eating outside. There is plenty of seating outside. The long wait for a bottle of wine that they didn't have started an evening that was filled with okay food, slow service and lackluster attention at all the wrong times. The night ended with mistakes with the check. Disappointing because we have enjoyed his other restaurants."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We won't be going back to Alba Osteria. We went with two friends - we have all worked in the service industry and understand that things sometimes happen. However, our experience at Alba Osteria was inexcusable. I don't know if it was the kitchen or the service, but we waited along time to get our drinks, and then we received our appetizer at the same time as two of only four entrees. We finished all of that (sharing the two entrees between four people) and still had not received the other two entrees (pizzas) - we were given some excuse about the kitchen being backed up, but less than half the tables were occupied. We finally just asked for the check and the pizzas to go. When we got them home, they were still undercooked. Disappointing."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I am not a serial foodi blogger as you will see by my profile. I tend to give a review if a restaurant is either beyond great or just plain bad. As you can tell from my ratings this was just plain a total let down. As we all know restaurant worker/managers/owners encourage their best customers to write glowing reviews. On the other hand the lonely travel is dependent on others comments. For this restaurant they were either very good or bad and no in between. I can't say for sure but I'm thinking the very good reviews were "friends and family". There are so many other choices if your in DC but this place is a dud."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "This is NOT your traditional Italian place. There are odd dishes on the menu and in Italian no less...while the item has an english translation below, the menu set up is confusing. The servers know what the items are but their descriptions are sometimes confusing. We sat outside and had a wonderful experience. The staff was accomodating of our children. Easy to find and adequate parking was available on the street."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Really great bottomless brunch. They seemed a bit understaffed though. I got my food a solid 30 minutes before my friend did and we went a really long time between drinks at times. The food and drinks were really good once they arrived though! The outdoor seating was wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I had the crostini as an appetizer and they were terrible. I expected the bread to be crispy, but it wasn't even toasted. Fortunately the pasta was delicious and the service was good. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I go to Alba Oysteria frequently for lunch. There is a wide variety of food on the menu and the wait staff is notable for being both attentive, but also allowing a business lunch to run its course. The have never, ever made me or my guest feel rushed and always promote a relaxted atmosphere conducive to conversation."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Brunch is great. The drinks are good and the bartenders were wonderful. Great overall experience. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We've been to Alba 3 times in the last 3 months, and it is reliably excellent. Amazing pastas, delicious small plates, extensive Italian wine list, and remarkably affordable. Great addition to the neighborhood, and certainly a destination worth going to for those who aren't local. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Pizza lives up to the reputation! The inside is very nice, but not much character to it. Went so much for style they chose rather uncomfortable chairs. Real issue was service - 20 minutes to order. 45 minutes before the cheese plate came - and there's nothing on that they need to cook. Waiter didn't notice us straining to flag him down and ask about our food. It wasn't that busy, so we found it odd. But then our pizza came within a minute of the cheese plate - they hadn't slowed those down, and so our large cheese board and three pizzas so filled the small table they were sticking out over the sides and we could barely eat anything without getting our sleeves in the pizza. In the end we couldn't really enjoy the cheese. I wouldn't return."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Visited Alba for Brunch on Sunday and brought along my large dog. The staff could not have been more friendly and accommodating! They immediately brought him a big bowl of water and checked-in on him several times to see if he needed more since it was a hot day. Highly recommend for dog owners!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Alba Osteria is a new restaurant that opened up near my apartment--so I recently went to check it out. The overall experience was fine--but given the prices--there was much to be desired. The service was poor: it took 15 minutes for a server to attend to us after being seated and he never brought us bread. The food was fine, but nothing spectacular. I don't believe I'll return since the prices didn't match the quality of the food or the service. If I'm going to spend a reasonable amount on a restaurant, I expect a lot more."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Stopped in on a Friday night; pizza was AWESOME and the wine selection is fabulous. Really liked that they had a chef's bar as well. Really enjoyed the experience"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was great, but the only thing good about my brunch experience was the food. Our waitress could not have been more forgetful or unattentive. They could only find one menu for our table of two. 3/4 of our food did not come, and the waitress was nonchalant and unapologetic about this. We practically had to chase her down to get our food. Hoping for a regular top-off on bottomless drinks? No such luck here. My glass sat empty a lot. If I was seated in that waitress' section again, I would run for the hills. Shame, because the food is so good. I may give it another try, but if the service is bad again I won't be patronizing this business anymore. Live music was nice but we were by the band so it was loud and it was hard to talk over."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My experience was 5 star besides my interaction with the flustered hostess at the front of the house. Besides that, the food came out perfectly cooked in a timely manner, the server conversed with us and kept our mimosas filled. I was truly impressed by the decor and ambience of the place. It was busy for brunch so I'm glad I made a reservation. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Very good food and reasonable prices. Similar to Al Dente, with some defferences. One objection: only italian wines available."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was good but the very poor service completely detracted from it: 1) the host made guests wait while he took a personal call; 2) a waiter sat down with a table of 4 young women and proceeded to have a very loud flirtatious conversation with them; 3) one of our party ordered the additional foie gras. It was supposed to be added to the pasta dish but wasn't served until the very end of the meal on a separate plate on its own (we were still charged); 4) the servers clearly had no idea what the dishes on the menu were and had no idea of what they were serving and who they should serve it to; 5) no one offered to tell us the specials until I asked if there were any. And on and on. I would definitely not return. Complete amateur hour."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Alba Osteria has a unique and interesting menu. We loved the fritters (eggplant, potato, and cauliflower). Our pizzas were cooked perfectly and they were very tasty. Our waiter was very attentive and knew the menu well. The ingredients were fresh and high-quality. The bar was very loud on a Friday night. It looked like a great place to be, but trying to talk to a friend over dinner was a bit difficult at times. The food was very good. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014